Neither an alcoholic nor a drug abuser, she says she was not given a chance to prove she would be a good mother and that the council involved acted far too hastily in giving Angela to strangers.
She says her major crime in the eyes of social workers was that she was psychologically damaged after, ironically, spending almost all her own childhood with 12 sets of foster parents. However, independent psychologists hired by her legal team have given her a clean bill of mental health.
Although Sam is hoping to prove UK authorities acted unlawfully, she only wants the best outcome for Angela, even if that means her remaining with her adoptive family whom she describes as “fantastic and loving”.
Sam, 23, is seeking justice for her daughter Angela who was removed from her care
Her local social services were notified and they placed both mother and daughter in a family assessment unit where they shared cramped conditions with alcoholics and drug users.
Six months after Angela was born, Sam, who is well educated and now works for the same council that caused her so much heartache, was called to a meeting with social workers.
“I was treated like a criminal in there. I really didn’t feel I was given any help and they wanted me to fail. They said I wasn’t bonding and that she was losing weight. I’d had post-natal depression but I was bonding with her.
“She was and is so special to me. I still have nightmares about the day they took her from me. She was clinging to me, she knew something was wrong, she was upset.
She said: “In many cases I completely agree children should be removed from bad parents, and if they had proved I was bad then I’d agree with them on that as well, but they didn’t prove anything. The system has let me down.”
She challenged the council’s decision through the British courts but her attempts failed and the European route was the only avenue left.
He said: “I have seen many cases where the evidence provided is clearly wrong.
“When parents are refused a second opinion, a bad report from a single psychologist who wishes to be on the good side of the local council, can result in the adoption of their children.
Sam and Angela’s names have been changed for legal reasons.